I believe dancing makes me a happier person

Anastacia - Santa Maria, California
Entered on July 8, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe dancing makes me a happier person

I believe that dancing makes me a happier person. Dancing has been a part of my life since I was eight years old. When I first started dancing, I started off with ballet, which is very classical and has slow movement. I remember my first dance recital I performed in, it was my first time performing in front of a big crowd and I nearly fainted. Right before I went on stage, my stomach started feeling funny and my adrenalin started racing, and I felt really sick to my stomach. Then as I made my way on the stage, all I could think about is that all these people are watching me and how embarrassing it would be if I messed up. So my first experience of performing was a little uncomfortable for me.

As I grew older, I started becoming a better dancer and stated liking it way more than before. Going to dance class started to become my favorite part of the day. I couldn’t wait to go to dance class to learn some new moves. I loved dancing so much that I got involved in my High School Dance Team. I’m glad I did this because I had a good coach who would push me very hard to reach my potential. She always made sure that I looked perfect when I danced. At first I thought she didn’t like me or she was just mean. But in the end, I realized that I was a better dancer and that’s all she was trying to accomplish.

Now when I perform it’s the best feeling to me because it’s how I express myself. I still do get nervous right before I go on stage, but that all changes once I start dancing. Looking back on my life when I was going through struggles with friends and was very alone, that dancing was something to turn to instead of being depressed. Many people just dance to socialize, but I always did it for the passion. And I don’t think I will ever quit dancing because I already tried and it wasn’t the same. Now after dancing all these years, I have come to realize that it makes me a happier person.